Bravo TV’s reality star Josh Flagg from Million Dollar Listing is the special guest for Realty & Reality, a fundraiser for the Denver Colorado AIDS Project from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 8 in the penthouse of Residence XXV (1891 Curtis St.).
“We’re very excited that Josh is able to join us to raise funds and awareness,” said Ruth Pederson, CEO of Colorado AIDS Project. “We are very grateful that he is supportive of the work that we do for HIV-affected individuals here in Denver. To have the support of such a young dynamic individual whose reach is national is invaluable.”
In addition to being a reality star, Flagg is a published author and one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30.” Season five of Million Dollar Listing debuts June 6. For more information on Flagg, go to joshflagg.com. Tickets to the Denver event are $50. To buy them go to denvercap.org.
After the event, Flagg will host an after party at Chloe Mezze lounge (1445 Market St.) for small plates, speciality cocktails and dancing. The cover charge will be waived until 10 p.m. if you show your DCAP ticket stub at the door.
Elitch Gardens amusement park has partnered with Wynkoop Brewing Co. to brand two beers for park attendees. The craft beers in the Blue Moon Beer Garden are part of Elitch’s effort to up the food offerings from fried to fresh.
“We wanted to make a culinary presence in the park,” said food and beverage boss Homer Hall. “This was the natural evolution. What is more Colorado? Craft brewing.”
Hall said his goal is to brew beer on the Elitch Gardens property in a few years. In addition to offering Wynkoop beers, chefs at Elitch’s are using the brews in barbecue sauces also sold at the Beer Garden.
Chef Chris Basley wanted to capitalize on Denver’s culinary scene by bringing fresh made food to the park.
“Denver has such a great culinary scene already, so we wanted to embrace it,” Basley said. “We make salads and wraps fresh every day and tacos and sauces from scratch.”
Hall said that his mission was to repair the amusement park food image. “Having everything fried is not what Colorado is. We’re cranking out really good fresh food.”
Molecular gastronomy whiz chef Ian Kleinman is in the house at Studio F, the cooking school space owned by chef James Mazzio in the Ice House in LoDo, through Saturday.
On Friday, I sampled a lemondrop martini with blueberry caviar, liquid nitrogen bruschetta popcorn, lump crab creme brulee with soy sugar, ginger poached pears and habanero tobiko, strawberry yuzu sorbet with frozen olive oil and goat cheese jelly and Ian’s fried chicken with coconut gravy. Yumalicious! Reservations: studioflodo.com.
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Denver-based small businesses with a social or environmental mission have a chance to apply for a $50,000 investment starting on Tuesday.
Galvanize, a local organization, is teaming up with Denver to launch i4c, as in I foresee, a campaign during National Small Business Week to provide financial support, mentoring opportunities, office space and strategic marketing for businesses in Denver. Three winners will be selected July 13. More information: i4campaign.com.
Eavesdropping on a man to his wife after a recent episode of “Two and a Half Men”: “They are talking about shows that ‘jump the shark,’ but this show jumped the entire aquarium when Kathy Bates shows up playing Charlie Sheen’s role.”